AMIDST RUSSIAN AND English football hooligans engaged in their vile battles in Marseilles; Ireland’s rugby team producing one of the greatest achievements of any home nations’ side away from home in history; their English counterparts putting Australia to the sword in Brisbane and the national cricket side endeavouring to go three-nil up against Sri Lanka, something else important in the sports’ world was going on too and it has achieved negligible, if not to say pitiful, coverage. Continue reading “Pssst….have you heard?”
AS 2015 DRAWS to its close six of the world’s top 10 women golfers are South Korean and the world’s number one is a naturalised New Zealander who was born in, no prizes for guessing, South Korea. Continue reading “Why are South Korean women so brilliant at Golf?”
AMIDST ALL THE HYSTERIA of the reaction by golfers and journalists to Suzann Pettersen’s refusal to give a putt from two feet at St Leon-Rot in The Solheim Cup no one has asked a pertinent question. How much does the spirit of the game override the rules?
Continue reading “Which golf rules can we break?”
WHEN THE SOLHEIM Cup tees off on September 18th let us hope that some of the girls competing spare a thought for a woman without whom there would be no women’s professional golf let alone a Solheim Cup. Continue reading “Golf loses a great pioneer”
IN A MAGNIFICENT team effort the Rest of the World blind and visually impaired golfers retained their equivalent of the Ryder Cup with a comprehensive 14.5 to 9.5 victory over North America at the beautiful Villa d”Este Golf Club in Lombardy, north-west Italy.
Like the Ryder Cup, the tournament runs over three days and is competed for bi-annually. The team is selected from the top four players in each of the International Blind Golfers Association three sight categories from B1, totally blind, to B3 and includes an additional captain’s pick. Continue reading “Italian Triumph for Rest of the World”
Until now it has been a less than compelling debate. Editors wishing to fill space in their respective golf magazines or newspaper articles have simply had to ask their golf writers to file 1,000 words on that most hackneyed of golfing questions, ‘Will Tiger Woods get back on track this season and win another “major”?’ Continue reading “Tiger no longer burning bright”
WITHIN 10 DAYS between late January to early February golf lost three of its finest players. The deaths were announced of the great Australian, Kel Nagle, and two American giants, Bill Casper and Charles Sifford, all of whom had an enormous impact on the game from the 1950s onwards. Continue reading “Farewell to three fine men”
IN 1986 BEER cost 82p a pint, the M25 had opened and Diego Maradona scored his infamous ‘hand of God’ goal against England in the World Cup quarter finals in Mexico. And Jack Nicklaus won his 18th major golf title aged 46. Continue reading “Happy birthday to the Golden Bear”
WHILST ARGUMENTS still rage over quite what Rory McIlroy has to do to become the winner of the BBC sport’s personality of the year award- presumably win all four majors in a calendar year- there was some excellent and richly deserved news regarding a golfing phenomenon in the women’s game. Charley Hull has won the European Order of Merit, aged just 18, after finishing fifth at the Dubai Ladies Masters. Continue reading “Bravo Charley”
AMIDST ALL THE wearisome ballyhoo about Tiger Woods and ‘will he, won’t he ever win another major?’ that so many lazy golf writers use to pad out their copy it is worth remembering that Arnold Palmer was 85 on September 10th.
Before Palmer strode into professional golf the game had been a determinedly upmarket affair on both side of the Atlantic. US broadcaster, Vin Scully, summed up the advent of Palmer quite brilliantly when he came out with the line, ‘In a sport that was high society he made it “High Noon.”’ Continue reading “Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer”